Erik Pieters has taken the blame for the 2-1 loss to Chelsea, a loss, Mark Hughes believes has handed Chelsea the title.
A bad pass from Pieters gave Chelsea a free kick , and the resulting corner kick wasn’t properly cleared by Pieters, with Cahill scoring in the box.
The dutchman owned up to his mistakes and is unhappy about the point he cost Stoke at home.
“I think I have to put my hand up because I made a mistake with that pass to Lee,” said Pieters in a post-match interview.
“To be honest I was in a bit in doubt because I thought he [goalkeeper Lee Grant] came out, but it was a poor pass from me.
“It’s hard to take because we played well, we created some chances as well and I think we should have got a point.”
“It is Chelsea’s title now and you could see from their celebrations we ran them close,” Hughes said in quotes reported by the BBC.
“We kept on going, kept on moving the ball but there was a suggestion for a red card for our penalty. It was a little bit feisty, we gave everything and I cannot criticise our players.
“We have given a good account against the champions elect.”